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21 Things You Don’t Know about Australian Food and Wine (But Should)

Here is a top list of 21 things you don’t know about Australian food and wine with a few other interesting tidbits thrown in!   1. In Australia, tasting rooms are known as cellar doors 2. In the Australian wine scene, no corkscrews are needed. 98% of their wines are under screw cap! 3. Australians […]

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The Pfeiffer’s Sticky Rutherglen Story

It is time for a sticky holiday season and here is why Rutherglen fortifieds should grace your table this year!  A little treat for yourself. With the rich desserts of the holiday season there is little doubt as to why fortified wines, such as Port and of course, these Muscats and Topaques are so popular. […]

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Wine Review: 2012 Shaw and Smith M3 Adelaide Hills Australia Chardonnay

Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW are trendsetters, in wine at least….  Their Shaw + Smith portfolio is focused on just four varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot noir and Shiraz. This focus has meant that all four Shaw + Smith wines quickly became, and continue to be Australian benchmarks.  The M3 is the very […]

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2005 George Wyndham Founder’s Reserve South Australia Shiraz

George Wyndham became the father of Australian Shiraz when he planted the country’s first commercial Shiraz vineyard in 1830. Thirty years later, he began expanding production to 11,000 gallons of wine per year while continuing to increase vineyard plantings. Although he passed in 1870, Shiraz remains the signature variety for this winery, and the birthplace […]

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2012 Logan Weemala Australia Riesling

This wine always astounds me in that for the price it continues to over deliver. Peter Logan’s arrival in the Australian region of Mudgee, New South Wales was like a breath of fresh air and he certainly has livened things up. This riesling is part of the Weemala vineyard range. Weemala is an aboriginal word […]

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La Dolce Vitis – Italian Grape Varieties in Australia: Part Deux

There are a number of renowned wineries that focus on Italian varietals and have done for a long time. With the diversity of climate and the relative youth of many of the regions Victoria has been the focus of most of the Italian grape varieties. Although not necessarily the first region to plant them in […]

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